"Deadly Dust" documentary focuses attention on valley fever, a growing health concern in California
Program airs March 26 at 7 p.m. on local PBS station KVIE
Sacramento’s public television station KVIE is exploring a growing health concern among Central California residents and those who travel to the area in the documentary “Deadly Dust: Valley Fever in the West.” The half-hour documentary, part of the Viewfinder program, will air March 26 at 7 p.m.
Valley fever is a fungal infection that affects 150,000 people each year, and according to the California Department of Public Health, the rate of infection in California has quintupled, from about 800 cases in 2000 to more than 4,000 cases in 2012.
UC Davis infectious disease specialist George Thompson is featured along with other researchers, physicians and survivors, including the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Thompson is an assistant professor of infectious diseases and medical microbiology and immunology, and is co-director of the Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, a specialized facility that offers diagnostic testing and consultation on suspected and established cases of valley fever.